Can you reverse tooth resorption in cats?

Can you reverse tooth resorption in cats?

Once a patient develops tooth resorption, more teeth are likely to be affected. As there is no known cure for this disease and no known way to prevent it, an annual oral exam and radiographic monitoring of the teeth are recommended to ensure your pet’s mouth remains healthy and comfortable.

How serious is tooth resorption in cats?

Feline tooth resorption is an extremely painful condition, but cats tend to hide pain. This is an instinctive defense mechanism that domestic cats have inherited from their wild ancestors. In the wild, a cat that showed signs of pain would be the one most targeted by predators.

How painful is tooth resorption in cats?

Tooth resorption in cats unfortunately often goes undiagnosed. They start as small erosions in the dental enamel and progress both in size and depth. Eventually, the erosions are deep enough to expose nerves, making the lesions extremely painful.

What do you feed a cat with tooth resorption?

Canned food is generally recommended for a cat with no teeth. However, some cats will insist on continuing to eat kibble despite being edentulous (having no teeth). They will use their tongue as a shovel for ingestion. For some cats, kibble is a more comfortable texture than canned food to prehend with their tongue.

Can you reverse tooth resorption?

This resorption is usually progressive, and if it proceeds all the way to your root’s outer surface, treatment will be impossible. Early treatment is most successful, but even extensive cases can sometimes be reversed.

What happens if tooth resorption is left untreated?

Internal inflammatory root resorption (IIRR) is a rare condition of the root canal and if it is left untreated it may lead to destruction of the surrounding dental hard tissues. Odontoclasts are responsible for this situation which can potentially perforate the root.

How do you treat tooth resorption?

treatment for resorption

  1. root canal.
  2. crown.
  3. gum surgery.
  4. tooth removal (extraction)

What causes tooth resorption?

In most cases it is due to a physical injury to the tooth, as from an impact, chemical, or burn. The trauma leads to inflammation that in turn results in resorption. Other causes include pulp necrosis, periodontal treatment, orthodontics, or poorly done, non-professional tooth whitening.

Why does tooth resorption happen?

Does tooth resorption hurt?

People with resorption usually feel no pain and are asymptomatic. External resorption can be misdiagnosed; a second opinion may be necessary. Root canal therapy may help treat internal resorption, but if there is a large defect, the tooth may break apart and fail to function.